Mirko Bortolotti insists he is focused only on securing another drive in the F2 series.
Prior to Jaime Alguersuari’s confirmation for 2010, recent rumours linked Italian youngster Bortolotti with the Toro Rosso seat, until it emerged that in fact he has been ousted from Red Bull’s driver development programme.
He finished the 2009 F2 championship fourth, and is quoted by the News of the World as revealing that the feeder series remains his focus for the forthcoming season.
“F2 is still a major option for me in 2010 and I am not even thinking about F1 at the moment,” said Bortolotti.
“I am only 20 and I think it is vital that you are fully prepared in terms of speed, experience and consistency before you make the step to formula one.”
He tested with Faenza based Toro Rosso during December’s young driver session at Jerez, and made headlines more than a year ago when he broke the Fiorano lap record while testing with Ferrari.
But Bortolotti admits he is not ready for F1.
“You have to have been through it all; you need to know how to be quick over one lap but also consistent over a race distance, you need to know how to turn bad situations into a good one for example.
“There are so many things that you need to learn and I want to reach formula one when I am in the right moment of my career. F1 is F1 — it is not a game, so at the moment I am better to focus on learning and improving further for the future,” he added.